Based on my routinely exhibited ability to make grandiose statements that can't be proven wrong but for which I nevertheless have no proof, I've always thought I would make an excellent astrophysicist.
Nine years ago today, I'd been visiting Washington D.C. with a group from my church when we'd heard that the Space Shuttle Columbia had been lost on reentry.
Although it all sounds ridiculous today, in 1835, knowledge of the moon was lacking and the belief in extraterrestrial life, including lunar life, was commonplace.
As a New Yorker, I know I haven't seen more than a handful of stars on any given night and the sad thing is, I didn't remember what I was missing until I watched The City Dark.
It may LOOK like just a dot from my backyard, but I know it's an orbital complex the size of a jumbo jet, built by 16 countries working together, and a house in space that's been inhabited continuously for more than half my life.
Here's a month-by-month listing of events I'm excited for in 2012.
If you're in New York City before Aug. 12, I wholeheartedly recommend seeing Beyond Planet Earth.
We who are only a blink of an eye beyond the discovery of fire can wonder "Why space?" or even "Why are we here?" To those of us who know, it is obvious: We are here... to go there.
One of my daily spiritual practices is to check on the condition of the universe. After all, that's where I live. At least for now.
I never thought I'd meet astronauts, especially not several of them twice. I never thought I'd see a space shuttle launch. I never thought I'd get to work for NASA. But I did, and I owe it to you.
It's probably hopeless to do a thorough reconnaissance of our solar system. Nonetheless, there are certain places, such as the Lagrange points between the Earth and Moon, where a detailed search for not-made-on-Earth hardware could be undertaken.
By Dr. Gerry Harp, Senior Astrophysicist, Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Trained as a quantum mechanic, ...
Events of October 19, 2011 When I was younger, I used to watch a show called Cardcaptors in which the main character was frequently advised to "Expec...
I was aware of many of the modern mind-boggling theories of physics, ranging from parallel universes to relativity and string theory. But I also became especially intrigued about discoveries that date back many centuries.
By Dr. Gerry Harp, an astrophysicist at the SETI Institute. Figure 1: A waterfall plot. This shows the signal as a function of frequency (increas...
Events of September 14th, 2011 (Yes, the title of this post is taken from the Carole King song, which I'm not ashamed to say I first heard in the IMA...